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Neil Armstrong to students: Those preparing for STEM careers are preparing for jobs of the future

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In a 2005 commencement speech at the University of Southern California, Neil Armstrong told graduates:

“Students of my vintage did not have calculators, cell phones, credit cards, personal computers, Internet or reality TV. [If] a faculty member at that time suggested preparation for a career in spacecraft operations, he or she would have been ridiculed.

“Within a decade, satellites were being used for a variety of scientific  and commercial purposes. Probes had been sent to nearby planets and humans were frequently flying into space. … [We] can’t imagine the change and related opportunity that will arise for you in the years ahead. Hopefully, the things you have learned here will help you be ready for them. And you will not stop learning—learning is a lifelong process…”